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The topic of hygiene and drinking from the common cup has been the subject of religious debate and scientific [ ... ]
The topic of hygiene and drinking from the common cup has been the subject of religious debate and scientific investigation for the past one hundred years. To date, the transmission of a dis- ease has never been traced to the shared communion cup among any religious denomination that has this practice. A recent CDC study of a significant sampling of daily Mass attendees has shown that they are no more likely to contract a cold or the flu than the population as a whole.
Although it is not possible to state that infection will never take place through the practice of sharing the cup at communion, most scientists agree that it is highly unlikely. It is wise, however, for individuals to be aware of the condition of their general health and to judge whether even the slightest risk might put them in danger.
As an act of charity towards other members of the communi- ty, individuals with colds, cold sores or any illness that might be contagious should receive the body and blood of Christ under the form of bread alone and refrain from shaking hands with fellow parishioners during these time of illness.